How Long, O Lord?

A Psalm of (A)Asaph.

79 O God, (B)the nations have come into your (C)inheritance;
    they have defiled your (D)holy temple;
    they have (E)laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given (F)the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the heavens for food,
    the flesh of your (G)faithful to (H)the beasts of the earth.
They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was (I)no one to bury them.
We have become (J)a taunt to our neighbors,
    (K)mocked and derided by those around us.

(L)How long, O Lord? Will you be angry (M)forever?
    Will your (N)jealousy (O)burn like fire?
(P)Pour out your anger on the nations
    that (Q)do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
    that (R)do not call upon your name!
For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.

(S)Do not remember against us (T)our former iniquities;[a]
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are (U)brought very low.
(V)Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and (W)atone for our sins,
    for your (X)name's sake!
10 (Y)Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Let (Z)the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes!

11 Let (AA)the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    according to your great power, preserve those (AB)doomed to die!
12 Return (AC)sevenfold into the (AD)lap of our neighbors
    the (AE)taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13 But we your people, the (AF)sheep of your pasture,
    will (AG)give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Restore Us, O God

To the choirmaster: according to (AH)Lilies. A Testimony. Of (AI)Asaph, a Psalm.

80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead (AJ)Joseph like (AK)a flock.
You who are (AL)enthroned upon the cherubim, (AM)shine forth.
    Before (AN)Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
(AO)stir up your might
    and (AP)come to save us!

(AQ)Restore us,[b] O God;
    (AR)let your face shine, that we may be saved!

O (AS)Lord God of hosts,
    (AT)how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
You have fed them with (AU)the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in full measure.
(AV)You make us an object of contention for our (AW)neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves.

(AX)Restore us, O God of hosts;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!

You brought (AY)a vine out of Egypt;
    you (AZ)drove out the nations and planted it.
You (BA)cleared the ground for it;
    it took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
    the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 It sent out its branches to (BB)the sea
    and its shoots to (BC)the River.[c]
12 Why then have you (BD)broken down its walls,
    so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 (BE)The boar from the forest ravages it,
    and all that move in the field feed on it.

14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
    (BF)Look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
15     the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16 They have (BG)burned it with fire; they have (BH)cut it down;
    may they perish at (BI)the rebuke of your face!
17 But (BJ)let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
    (BK)give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19 (BL)Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

To the choirmaster: according to (BM)The Gittith.[d] Of (BN)Asaph.

81 (BO)Sing aloud to God our strength;
    (BP)shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Raise a song; sound (BQ)the tambourine,
    (BR)the sweet lyre with (BS)the harp.
Blow the trumpet at (BT)the new moon,
    at the full moon, on our feast day.

For it is a statute for Israel,
    a rule[e] of the God of Jacob.
He made it (BU)a decree in (BV)Joseph
    when he (BW)went out over[f] the land of Egypt.
(BX)I hear a language (BY)I had not known:
“I (BZ)relieved your[g] shoulder of (CA)the burden;
    your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you (CB)called, and I delivered you;
    I (CC)answered you in the secret place of thunder;
    I (CD)tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
(CE)Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
    O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no (CF)strange god among you;
    you shall not bow down to a (CG)foreign god.
10 (CH)I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
    (CI)Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
    Israel (CJ)would not submit to me.
12 So I (CK)gave them over to their (CL)stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own (CM)counsels.
13 (CN)Oh, that my people would listen to me,
    that Israel would (CO)walk in my ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies
    and (CP)turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would (CQ)cringe toward him,
    and their fate would last forever.
16 But he would feed you[h] with (CR)the finest of the wheat,
    and with (CS)honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Rescue the Weak and Needy

A Psalm of (CT)Asaph.

82 (CU)God (CV)has taken his place in the divine council;
    in the midst of (CW)the gods he (CX)holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
    and (CY)show partiality to (CZ)the wicked? Selah
(DA)Give justice to (DB)the weak and the fatherless;
    (DC)maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
(DD)Rescue the weak and the needy;
    (DE)deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

(DF)They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
    (DG)they walk about in darkness;
    (DH)all the foundations of the earth are (DI)shaken.

(DJ)I said, “You are gods,
    sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men (DK)you shall die,
    and fall like any prince.”[i]

(DL)Arise, O God, judge the earth;
    for you shall (DM)inherit all the nations!

O God, Do Not Keep Silence

A Song. A Psalm of (DN)Asaph.

83 O God, do not keep silence;
    (DO)do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
For behold, your enemies (DP)make an uproar;
    those who hate you have (DQ)raised their heads.
They lay (DR)crafty plans against your people;
    they consult together against your (DS)treasured ones.
They say, “Come, (DT)let us wipe them out as a nation;
    let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
For they conspire with one accord;
    against you they make a covenant—
the tents of (DU)Edom and (DV)the Ishmaelites,
    (DW)Moab and (DX)the Hagrites,
(DY)Gebal and (DZ)Ammon and (EA)Amalek,
    (EB)Philistia with the inhabitants of (EC)Tyre;
(ED)Asshur also has joined them;
    they are the strong arm of (EE)the children of Lot. Selah

Do to them as you did to (EF)Midian,
    as to (EG)Sisera and Jabin at (EH)the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at (EI)En-dor,
    who became (EJ)dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like (EK)Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like (EL)Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, (EM)“Let us take possession for ourselves
    of the pastures of God.”

13 O my God, make them like (EN)whirling dust,[j]
    like (EO)chaff before the wind.
14 As (EP)fire consumes the forest,
    as the flame (EQ)sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them (ER)with your tempest
    and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 (ES)Fill their faces with shame,
    that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be (ET)put to shame and dismayed forever;
    let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may (EU)know that you alone,
    (EV)whose name is the Lord,
    are (EW)the Most High over all the earth.

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

To the choirmaster: according to (EX)The Gittith.[k] A Psalm of (EY)the Sons of Korah.

84 How (EZ)lovely is your (FA)dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul (FB)longs, yes, (FC)faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to (FD)the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    (FE)my King and my God.
(FF)Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever (FG)singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    (FH)in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[l]
As they go through the Valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    (FI)the early rain also covers it with (FJ)pools.
They go (FK)from strength to strength;
    each one (FL)appears before God in Zion.

O (FM)Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
(FN)Behold our (FO)shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day (FP)in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be (FQ)a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is (FR)a sun and (FS)shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
(FT)No good thing does he withhold
    from those who (FU)walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    (FV)blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 79:8 Or the iniquities of former generations
  2. Psalm 80:3 Or Turn us again; also verses 7, 19
  3. Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates
  4. Psalm 81:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  5. Psalm 81:4 Or just decree
  6. Psalm 81:5 Or against
  7. Psalm 81:6 Hebrew his; also next line
  8. Psalm 81:16 That is, Israel; Hebrew him
  9. Psalm 82:7 Or fall as one man, O princes
  10. Psalm 83:13 Or like a tumbleweed
  11. Psalm 84:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  12. Psalm 84:5 Hebrew lacks to Zion

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